Solar Decathlon 2020 FAQs
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Can retrofits and/or adaptive resuse of existing buildings qualify for your competition? Is it necessary that the projects double as or be solely targeted at the creation of new buildings?Per the Solar Decathlon Design Challenge Rules in Section 2.3, “Teams may develop projects based on updates of existing designs or develop original work. Teams may also retrofit or modernize an existing building. Eligible scenarios are varied, though the submission must conform to the listed conditions.”

So yes, your application would apply as long as it meets the parameters of the definition of the division you select. Ensure the building meets the square footage and lot size, etc. The organizers also encourage your team to submit a Project Introduction, when your project definition will be reviewed for compliance with the rules.
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Have you formulated the submission requirements for teams to include in their Technical Proposal? Do we need to finish the registration in order to receive these requirements?Please see the proposal requirements PDF linked on the right side of this page: https://www.solardecathlon.gov/about-build-challenge.html

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Can an entirely Canadian team compete in the solar decathlon?
International teams are welcome to compete in the event.
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Our team plans on submitting multiple teams to the Design Challenge. The student teams will be separate students but can the faculty lead be the same for all teams or does the faculty lead have to be different for each team?You can have the same faculty lead for each team in each division.
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If we participate in Build challenge & pay $100, can we too participate in Design challenge?

If we not qualify in Build challenge, do we have to pay again to participate in Design challenge?
As part of the Build Challenge, selected teams will go through the design process and will be present at the Design Challenge Weekend at NREL April 12-14.
If a team applies for the Build Challenge but are not accepted, they will be provided the opportunity to join the Design Challenge. In this case, they would not need to pay the $100 again.
If you would like to have multiple teams, each with different designs, compete – you can have one team in the Build Challenge and one or more in the Design challenge.
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Can teams have more than one faculty advisor? Yes, teams can have more than one faculty advisor, but one faculty lead must be designated who oversees the teams, registers, and maintains responsibility for students completing the building science training or curriculum.
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Can you provide a list of the topics covered in the building science training? In addition to special lessons, the following lessons are required:
Lesson 1: Intro
Lesson 2: Enclosure Fundamentals
Lesson 3: Rain Control
Lesson 4: Air Flow Control
Lesson 5: Heat Flow Control
Lesson 6: Vapor and Condensation Control
Lesson 7: Roofs
Lesson 8: Ventilation and Air Pressure Management
Lesson 9: Windows
Lesson 10: Durable, Healthy, Efficient Housing.
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Should we use metric units or English units?English units are preferred. A submission with metric units would be accepted. If metric units are used, please also include English units in parentheses.
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